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12/07/2023
‘Tis the season!
12/06/2023

‘Tis the season!

Have you seen the Seasonal and Holiday Events happening throughout New Jersey's State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites this year? Don't miss out, some events fill up and sell out quickly! 👀

🎉We hope you get to experience NJ State Park Service events and programs during this time:
https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/decemberholidayevents/

Photo: The Historic Village at Allaire State Park

Don’t let winter make you salty… 👀❄️Developed by one of the Department’s own, Debbie Kratzer, “Winter Best Practices to ...
12/06/2023

Don’t let winter make you salty… 👀❄️

Developed by one of the Department’s own, Debbie Kratzer, “Winter Best Practices to Reduce Road Salt Impacts” focuses on education workforce training, creating an inventory of road salt use and practices, and implementation of winter road maintenance best management practices, and awards points to municipalities for such actions.

👉 The Sustainable Jersey action for “Winter Best Practices to Reduce Road Salt Impacts” is now live at bit.ly/3uPXC6Y and on December 12th at 1 PM, Debbie will be presenting her project through a Sustainable Jersey webinar (register at bit.ly/3GuK3wE).

As the New Year approaches, let's look back at our accomplishments this year and consider ways we can continue to improv...
12/05/2023

As the New Year approaches, let's look back at our accomplishments this year and consider ways we can continue to improve and live more sustainably. Some ways you can reduce food waste in the coming year include:

👉 Utilizing food scraps in new recipes
👉 Taking inventory of your pantry and fridge before going grocery shopping
👉 Eating leftovers and freezing surplus
👉Donating surplus edible food
👉 Creating a share table at your office

To learn about the impacts of food waste, take a look at New Jersey’s Food Waste Reduction Plan available online at nj.gov/dep/dshw/food-waste/food_waste_reduction_plan.html

12/04/2023
Celebrating  : The Bog Turtle Project 🐢 Once abundant throughout New Jersey, bog turtles are now primarily restricted to...
12/04/2023

Celebrating : The Bog Turtle Project 🐢

Once abundant throughout New Jersey, bog turtles are now primarily restricted to the remaining rural portions of the state in Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, and Salem counties. Bog turtles are habitat specialists, relying on abundant groundwater resources, organic soils, diverse herbaceous vegetation, and contiguous tracts of land for dispersal. Intense land-uses such as urbanization or industrial farming destroy bog turtle habitats through direct wetland alteration/destruction and through secondary impacts that affect water quality and water levels.

The Endangered and Nongame Species Program created and is implementing a comprehensive management initiative to provide long term conservation of the important bog turtle populations in New Jersey. The management initiative consists of four main actions:

🐢 Developing relationships with private landowners that host bog turtles on their land.
🐢 Facilitating the acquisition of sites threatened by adjacent land use activities.
🐢 Performing habitat management and experimenting with new techniques to control and reverse habitat succession and invasive exotic plant proliferation.
🐢 Facilitating long term protection of bog turtle wetlands by working with local communities to implement land use planning changes guided by the Landscape Project.

To learn more about the Bog Turtle Project, visit NJ Fish & Wildlife's website at dep.nj.gov/njfw/conservation/bog-turtle-project/ 👈

12/04/2023

📣 Last week, the Murphy Administration advanced development plans for the Greenway. A two-mile segment of former rail line in Newark and Kearny will be the first phase of the Greenway, a future nine-mile linear state park 🌳

Learn more from our news release at bit.ly/4aiKO9N

Visit the Greenway website at dep.nj.gov/greenway to sign up for updates and comment on the Greenway’s initial development. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 17, 2023.

Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight Barbara McCann Stamato for Assembly Hudcofb New Jersey Economic Development Authority Operation Grow

📣 TOMORROWJoin us in Somerset County for an Environmental Justice Community Engagement Session, where you can share your...
12/04/2023

📣 TOMORROW

Join us in Somerset County for an Environmental Justice Community Engagement Session, where you can share your concerns and ask questions about environmental justice in your community!

The meeting will be held at Bound Brook High School and be livestreamed at tinyurl.com/somerset-ej 👈

New Jersey's Atlantic white cedar forests are magical places, but they face many threats. That's why NJ has a plan to re...
11/30/2023

New Jersey's Atlantic white cedar forests are magical places, but they face many threats. That's why NJ has a plan to restore 10,000 acres over the next 10 years. DEP staff took ABC News on a tour to discuss the threats these forests face, why it's important to protect and restore them, and the work being done to ensure future generations can reap the many benefits they provide. Learn more at atlanticwhitecedar.nj.gov

New Jersey's forests are in a crisis as the crucial Atlantic white cedar trees are dying and causing an ecological ripple.

11/29/2023

📣 MURPHY ADMINISTRATION ADVANCES GREENWAY DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Two-Mile Segment of Former Rail Line in Newark and Kearny to be First Phase of the Greenway, a future Nine-Mile Linear State Park 🌳

We're in our climate-resilience era✨
11/29/2023

We're in our climate-resilience era✨

📢 We want to hear from you! Our Uniting Financial Resource team is surveying nonprofits and local governments to learn a...
11/29/2023

📢 We want to hear from you!

Our Uniting Financial Resource team is surveying nonprofits and local governments to learn about their environmental needs and challenges and experience with NJDEP grant and loan programs.

Your responses will help the NJDEP better assist you through grants, loans, and other opportunities.

➡️ Take the survey at bit.ly/ufr-survey.

Big savings on health plans – now with more choices!Open Enrollment for 2024 is here! New Jersey and the federal governm...
11/28/2023

Big savings on health plans – now with more choices!

Open Enrollment for 2024 is here! New Jersey and the federal government continue to offer record levels of financial help to lower the cost of health insurance for most enrollees. You can compare 2024 health and dental plans now and see if you qualify for savings.

Visit nj.gov/getcoverednj/index.shtml for more information.

11/27/2023

The NJDEP in collaboration with Rutgers University will be hosting topical stakeholder session on Buildings and Electric Generation to collect feedback from you to inform on the development of a Priority Action Plan (PCAP) for New Jersey. This PCAP will detail the priorities that New Jersey will delegate funding from the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Program to support.

New Jersey received $3 million from the USEPA to put towards developing the state's first PCAP and updating existing climate actions plans.

To learn more about the CPRG Program and to register for this upcoming event, check out: https://dep.nj.gov/climatechange/mitigation/cprg/.

REMINDER ❗Tomorrow, join us at Liberty State Park at 6:00 PM or online for the Design Task Force meeting.To learn more a...
11/27/2023

REMINDER ❗

Tomorrow, join us at Liberty State Park at 6:00 PM or online for the Design Task Force meeting.

To learn more about the Liberty State Park Revitalization Program, visit dep.nj.gov/revitalizelsp/.

Join us in Somerset County for an Environmental Justice Community Engagement Session on December 5th from 6-7:30 PM 📣Dis...
11/27/2023

Join us in Somerset County for an Environmental Justice Community Engagement Session on December 5th from 6-7:30 PM 📣

Discuss your environmental justice concerns for your community with Commissioner Shawn LaTourette and EPA - Region 2 Regional Administrator Lisa Garcia. Visit nj.gov/dep/ej/ to learn more.

Happy Thanksgiving from NJDEP!Remember to combat food waste this season by saving and using your leftovers. Check out on...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from NJDEP!

Remember to combat food waste this season by saving and using your leftovers. Check out one of our favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes and help !

ReFED* estimates that more than 312 million pounds of food will go to waste in the U.S. this Thanksgiving. Wasted food =...
11/22/2023

ReFED* estimates that more than 312 million pounds of food will go to waste in the U.S. this Thanksgiving. Wasted food = wasted resources that go into producing it and wasted opportunities to feed people that face food insecurity.

Whether you are hosting this year’s holiday dinner or simply attending as a guest, there are ways that you can help avoid generating food waste:

👉 Plan recipes around guest preferences to avoid uneaten food.
👉 Limit purchases to what you actually need – shop with a list and don’t shop hungry!
👉 Use food scraps in creative sides or freeze for use later.
👉 Get up for seconds! Avoid throwing away leftovers due to over-filling your plate.
👉 Donate surplus edible food such as extra cans of cranberry sauce, pie filling, and canned vegetables.
👉 Properly store and freeze leftovers that don’t get eaten. And remember your reusable containers!

You can also download USDA’s Food Keeper App from FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to properly store common Thanksgiving leftovers to maximize freshness and quality.

For more about the impacts of food waste and the importance of reducing the amount of food that gets wasted, visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/food-waste/.

*Refed is a non-profit organization advancing data-driven solutions to end food waste.

 : Murphy Administration Adopts Zero-Emission Vehicle Standards to Improve Air Quality, Fight Climate Change, and Promot...
11/21/2023

: Murphy Administration Adopts Zero-Emission Vehicle Standards to Improve Air Quality, Fight Climate Change, and Promote Clean Vehicle Choice

Governor Phil Murphy and DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette today announced the filing of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule for adoption on December 18, setting the state on the road toward better air quality and cleaner choices for new car buyers while combatting the worsening climate crisis. The State of New Jersey joins a growing number of states that are requiring vehicle manufacturers to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) an increasing percentage of their new light-duty vehicle sales beginning in model year 2027, ramping up to 100% ZEVs by 2035.

Read the full press release at bit.ly/40MALFu

⚠️ A storm system will affect the area today through midday Wednesday, and may impact holiday travel. There is potential...
11/21/2023

⚠️ A storm system will affect the area today through midday Wednesday, and may impact holiday travel. There is potential for heavy rainfall and gusty winds as the cold front moves through the region.

Stay updated on the storm and get your local weather updates at weather.gov/phi/

DEPride recognizes today – Monday, Nov. 20 – as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a commemoration drawing attention...
11/20/2023

DEPride recognizes today – Monday, Nov. 20 – as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a commemoration drawing attention to the violence committed against transgender people.

The first TDOR was held in 1999 to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who had been killed a year earlier in Boston. Gwendolyn Ann Smith, who founded the vigil to remember Hester, wanted the day to honor those lost amid the struggle to find acceptance in the face of violence and bigotry.

The Human Rights Campaign reports that, so far in 2023, at least 25 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed. Of those who lost their lives, 88% were people of color; 72% were killed with a gun; and 48% were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the media.

NEXT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2️⃣8️⃣Members of the public are invited to attend the Liberty State Park - Design Task Force Publi...
11/20/2023

NEXT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2️⃣8️⃣

Members of the public are invited to attend the Liberty State Park - Design Task Force Public Meeting either in person or online at bit.ly/lsptask1 👈

To learn more about the Liberty State Park Revitalization Program, visit dep.nj.gov/revitalizelsp/ 👈

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is hosting its State of the Estuary Conference! Join HEP on Nov. 28-30t...
11/20/2023

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is hosting its State of the Estuary Conference! Join HEP on Nov. 28-30th to learn about how our estuary is changing. Conference highlights include:

👉 A day of in-person conversations, poster presentations, and networking at the Central Railroad of NJ Terminal at Liberty State Park
👉 A hands-on workshop on mitigating unconscious bias in the workplace
👉Presentations of the best available data for 30+ indicators that tell us about our estuarine health and current environmental trends.

This is a hybrid conference that features both online and in-person options. Learn more and register at hudsonriver.org/article/2023-hep-annual-conference

Floods pose significant risk to human health and infrastructure in the landscapes in which people live. In New Jersey, n...
11/17/2023

Floods pose significant risk to human health and infrastructure in the landscapes in which people live. In New Jersey, nearly all of the 564 municipalities have been affected, both by severe storms as well as chronic nuisance flooding. Climate change impacts, coupled with the large footprint of developed land in the state, lead to the potential for lasting, reverberating impacts in New Jersey.

To combat these challenges, New Jersey has become a leaders in efforts to increase flood resilience. One successful effort is the acquisition of flood-prone properties across the states through buyout initiatives. Removal of the built environment from within flood zones represents a critical first step toward resilience; however, buyout areas typically suffer from reduced ecological function to the legacy effects of previous development. They also must be maintained as open space, often adding an unsustainable burden on public staff and financial resources.

Read more from Rutgers University and view the Flood-Resilient NJ Primer at rcei.rutgers.edu/resources/flood-resilient-new-jersey/ 👈

Lace up your hiking boots, its National Take a Hike Day 🥾Wherever the trails may take you, make sure you:💧 Pack enough w...
11/17/2023

Lace up your hiking boots, its National Take a Hike Day 🥾

Wherever the trails may take you, make sure you:

💧 Pack enough water
🧣 Dress for the conditions
✅ Let someone know your location
🚮 Leave no trace

Visit nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/ to find the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors 👈

♻️ Did you know NJ was the first state to enact legislation requiring recycling in residential, commercial and instituti...
11/16/2023

♻️ Did you know NJ was the first state to enact legislation requiring recycling in residential, commercial and institutional settings?

Have questions about recycling? Check out recycle Coach: bit.ly/3sBDgh5

11/16/2023

Today, Nov 16, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burning operations in the following areas.

🔥 Passaic County - Ringwood Borough - Ringwood State Park

This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. If in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

🔗 Active / upcoming prescribed burn map: https://www.njparksandforests.org/fire/infotools/rxb.html

ABOUT PRESCRIBED BURNING:
There are multiple benefits to prescribed burning, which is a safe, effective and efficient means of managing the buildup of forest fuels that may contribute to the start and spread of a wildfire. By actively eliminating sources of fuel that exacerbate forest fire risks through a controlled and prescribed burning program, the Forest Fire Service reduces risk to New Jersey residents, visitors and the environment.

Prescribed burns improve habitat for plants and animals, reduce the presence of damaging insects and ticks, and recycle nutrients into the soil. In addition, prescribed burning is an important part of the state’s carbon defense strategy. Allowing experts to choose the intensity, timing and interval of fire across the landscape may help prevent a larger uncontrolled wildfire, which would contribute to significant carbon loss. Typically, most prescribed burns take place between February and early April.

🔗 Learn more about prescribed burning in New Jersey: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2023/23_0012.htm

Today is the final day of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which means it's your last chance to stop by bo...
11/16/2023

Today is the final day of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which means it's your last chance to stop by booth #117 and learn more about programs like Green Acres, grant opportunities and more!

11/15/2023
11/15/2023

Today, Nov 15, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burning operations in the following areas.

🔥 Morris County - Jefferson Township - Municipal Property

This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. If in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

🔗 Active / upcoming prescribed burn map: https://www.njparksandforests.org/fire/infotools/rxb.html

ABOUT PRESCRIBED BURNING:
There are multiple benefits to prescribed burning, which is a safe, effective and efficient means of managing the buildup of forest fuels that may contribute to the start and spread of a wildfire. By actively eliminating sources of fuel that exacerbate forest fire risks through a controlled and prescribed burning program, the Forest Fire Service reduces risk to New Jersey residents, visitors and the environment.

Prescribed burns improve habitat for plants and animals, reduce the presence of damaging insects and ticks, and recycle nutrients into the soil. In addition, prescribed burning is an important part of the state’s carbon defense strategy. Allowing experts to choose the intensity, timing and interval of fire across the landscape may help prevent a larger uncontrolled wildfire, which would contribute to significant carbon loss. Typically, most prescribed burns take place between February and early April.

🔗 Learn more about prescribed burning in New Jersey: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2023/23_0012.htm

11/15/2023

Learn more about DEP Fish and Wildlife's conservation efforts at the League of Municipalities!

Come find us at booth 118!

New Jersey State League of Municipalities New Jersey Fish & Wildlife

11/15/2023

NJ League of Municipalities: Day 2️⃣

👉Stop by our booth #117 and learn more about DEP’s climate resilience initiatives, environmental justice and more!

New Jersey State League of Municipalities

Incorporate environmental health in your policies and decision making 🌱Healthy Community Planning New Jersey (HCP-NJ) pr...
11/14/2023

Incorporate environmental health in your policies and decision making 🌱

Healthy Community Planning New Jersey (HCP-NJ) provides individual municipal-level reports and map books containing more than 30 health and environmental indicators, as well as comparisons to the relevant county and the state overall, and links to resources for improvement.

Visit https://bit.ly/HCPNJ to learn more 👈

Wrapped up our first day at the League of Municipalities with the Outside, Together! & Green Acres panel!Have more quest...
11/14/2023

Wrapped up our first day at the League of Municipalities with the Outside, Together! & Green Acres panel!

Have more questions about upcoming Green Acres Funding or open space and park planning?

Join us tomorrow at booth #117!

It was a packed house at the Innovative Ways to Leverage Clean Communities Funding panel at the League of Municipalities...
11/14/2023

It was a packed house at the Innovative Ways to Leverage Clean Communities Funding panel at the League of Municipalities!

👏Thank you to our colleague, Arthur Zanfini, for representing DEP.

It was a packed house at the Innovative Ways to Leverage Clean Communities Funding panel at the League of Municipalities...
11/14/2023

It was a packed house at the Innovative Ways to Leverage Clean Communities Funding panel at the League of Municipalities!

Thank you to our colleague, Arthur Zanfini, for representing DEP 👏

City of Paterson - City Hall New Jersey State League of Municipalities

🏆👏Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this year's Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon!    New Jersey State Le...
11/14/2023

🏆👏Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this year's Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon!

New Jersey State League of Municipalities

Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this year's Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon 👏🏆
11/14/2023

Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this year's Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon 👏🏆



TOMORROW 👀The largest municipal gathering in the nation, the NJ League of Municipalities Annual Conference provides exte...
11/13/2023

TOMORROW 👀

The largest municipal gathering in the nation, the NJ League of Municipalities Annual Conference provides extensive learning opportunities, meaningful face-to-face networking, and a comprehensive showcase of the latest product innovations to New Jersey’s local government officials and professionals.

View our schedule to find out where experts from DEP will be speaking throughout the conference.

Food pantries need reusable bags to help distribute all those turkeys 🦃For a map of possible donation sites, visit: cfbn...
11/13/2023

Food pantries need reusable bags to help distribute all those turkeys 🦃

For a map of possible donation sites, visit: cfbnj.org/donate-reusable-shopping-bags/

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